I am new to the Wilton Family. Since my arrival, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of products in the realm of cake decorating and decided to try my hand at my first fondant cake. I knew I wanted to make something bright and cheery with some flowers to impress the in-laws the first time I was hosting everyone for Easter. Being new, I was directed to the Fondant/Gum Paste Decorating Set, which proved to be THE essential kit for beginners like me.
The first thing I did was to investigate what the kit had to offer. There were the essentials I expected, but also measuring tapes, brushes, a Nature Fondant and gum paste mold that started to get my creative juices flowing and thinking about how I might make this cake even more impressive than I had originally outlined.
I decided to start with leaves as they seemed to be the simplest part of flowers. I rolled out the green fondant and was really pleased with how easy the fondant rolled out with the fondant roller. I had never used a fondant roller before, but it was easy to ensure the fondant was even by putting the bands on the end for a consistent thickness.
I used the smaller and medium sized cut outs just as I would a cookie cutter, and then placed the flowers in the small storage board to keep moist. This was a product I wouldn’t have thought of if I had been buying tools outside of a kit, but it turned out to be extremely helpful as it kept the fondant moist. Next I made grass by rolling out the fondant again and used the Serrated Quilting/Cutting Wheel to cut out the general form of the grass. Using the Aqua Veining Too, dipped in a little bit of water, I added definition/create the blades of the grass. After the grass was done, I went back to the leaves and etched in detail of the leaf veins with the Aqua Veining Tool.
The green Fondant and Gum Paste Mold wasn’t something I had originally planned to use with the project, but decided to try it out. I rolled the fondant over the mat to make green flower stems. Then I used the Aqua Veining Tool to carve the excess fondant away. I used the mold again with blue fondant over the bird portion of the mold. Once I removed the fondant from the mat I was amazed at the resulting detail. It would be impossible for me to have sculpted a bird with such detail and I knew my family would be impressed. I also made a mental note to use this mold again to make birds to put on top of cupcakes!
I used the Rose Bouquet Flower Cutter set to make my cartoonish daisies. I rolled out the yellow and blue fondant and cut the shapes. I was thankful for the different sizes as it enabled me to create more of a 3D effect than I had anticipated. The fondant tools proved helpful at releasing the flowers from the cutters when the fondant stuck.
To give the flowers more dimensions, I placed them in the forming cups. I used the Purple Ball Tool to shape the petals and add detail to the center of the flowers. When they had dried just a little, I put them on a plate with the flower stems and birds and covered all the pieces with saran wrap to prepare my cake the next day.
Next, I rolled out white fondant to cover my cake. After placing the fondant over my cake coated in buttercream, I used the Serrated Quilting/Cutting Wheel to remove most of the excess fondant. My cake looked pretty lumpy and I was a bit nervous until I used the Fondant Smoother which did exactly what its name implied! I went around the cake base again and removed the excess fondant with the Aqua Veining Tool.
The next day I was ready to assemble the decorations. I used buttercream to apply the grass, flower stems, flowers and birds with the aid of the brushes in the caddy. I had originally thought to use the measuring tape to put the flowers on uniformly, but decided for a more whimsical application.
The in-laws were thoroughly impressed. My four-year-old step daughter’s eyes lit up when she saw the cake and my stepson, who loves fondant spoke up to volunteer to eat any leftover fondant on anyone else’s plate.
I’ve always enjoyed buttercream, but I have to say, decorating with fondant is indeed as easy as everyone led me to believe, especially with the right tools. I have some close friends who may have a caddy under the tree come Christmas!
What I like the most about the Caddy is that it contains not just what I think I need, but what the Wilton experts know I need that I wouldn’t have anticipated. There are enough tools to get me started, but also enough to help me grow as I get better at working with fondant and gum paste. I’m excited to try to make real roses or Calla Lilies, and the Fondant/Gum Paste Decorating Set will have all the tools I need to help me grow. I should also mention that the Caddy is sized just right to fit into my cupboards for easy storage.